Recording » My 8 Favorite Bing Crosby Albums (Video) » 11/4/2018 3:14 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Archiefit,

I totally agree with you that Feels Good Feels Right is a fantastic album, and Bing's version of "Nevertheless" is lovely. Holiday in Europe is a great album that I would have added to the list if I had made a top ten instead of a top eight. I also listen to it often and believe it has some wonderful tracks. Though I like and have the other ones you mention, I didn't include them in the video because they are mostly compilations and not records that Bing made with the purpose of releasing them as albums. You say you wouldn't include the '70s albums I showcase in the video save for Feels Good Feels Right. I agree that the Bing 'n' Basie album has its flaws, but what is your opinion of Seasons? That one has always been one of my all-time favorite LPs by Crosby.

Recording » My 8 Favorite Bing Crosby Albums (Video) » 11/4/2018 3:10 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Ron1972 wrote:

First and foremost, I enjoyed the video! One of the reasons I joined this forum was to share, banter, and discuss things just like this.
I think I would have maybe inserted “A Southern Memoir” because I love the song choice, the arrangements, and feel Crosby just had a great time making it.
Overall, a great list and not a bad album in the bunch 😉.

Ron,

Thank you so much for your very kind words about the video, as well as for your own assessment of the albums I selected. The reason why I didn't choose Some Fine Old Chestnuts, which I love, is the fact that those were songs originally recorded for Bing's CBS radio shows and perhaps not intended for album release at first. In contrast, Songs I Wish I Had Sung does have a concept behind it, and Bing cut all the songs with the intention of releasing the album.

If I had added two more albums, to make it a top ten, then I definitely would have added A Southern Memoir and Holiday in Europe. But I didn't want the video to become too long! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


AGF
 

Recording » My 8 Favorite Bing Crosby Albums (Video) » 03/4/2018 11:10 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Dear all,

A few weeks ago I was talking to Marcos Callau, a friend of mine from Spain who's a huge Frank Sinatra fan, and we got to talking about Bing Crosby. This gave me the idea to record a video reviewing my 8 favorite albums by Bing, which I did originally in Spanish and published on my YouTube channel. Now here's the English version of that video, a review of my 8 favorite albums (not compilations) that Bing released during his lifetime. You may access it here below:




If you have time, please let me know (on YouTube underneath the video or here on CFW) what you think about the video and my choices, and whether there are other albums that you'd add. I am aware that I have left some out, but I didn't want the video to run way too long.

Best,

AGF

Biography » New books about Bing » 30/3/2018 3:46 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Malcolm,

I am sorry to read that someone (ICC member or not) is anonymously trying to make a buck off a series of books on Bing by pilfering your wonderful book and using the online databases on Bing currently available. It's good to know because now I won't spend a cent on that type of book. The truth is I already had that impression from merely looking at the covers of the books, but it's good to have a confirmation. So thank you!

Announcements » Michael Holliday » 28/3/2018 11:42 pm

Anton G.-F.
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I've always appreciated Michael Holliday's records but was somewhat puzzled by his obsession with singing not only like Bing but actually the same songs in exactly the same way that Bing had done them. I'm always surprised by this because, other than an obsession with sounding like your hero, I'm not sure to what legitimate end an artist may do this. You simply can't surpass Bing (or any other singer, for that matter) by doing things in exactly the same way as Bing. However, I do have several albums by Holliday and enjoy listening to them once in a while.

Biography » New books about Bing » 28/3/2018 11:37 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Of course, I haven't taken a closer look at them, but from the covers alone, it looks like these may be assembly-line books that rely heavily on other, much more reputable sources. The reason for thinking this is that it seems odd that one would do a whole series of books entitled Bing and...; it seems to me that very little thought has been given to these books, although of course I could be wrong. Malcolm, please write a brief review of the one you've ordered once you receive it here. If they're valuable, I'd love to take a closer look at them!

Recording » Feels Good Feels Right... Feels overpriced! » 28/3/2018 11:32 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Feels Good... is a lovely album that is well worth owning both on CD and vinyl if the price is right, which seems to be the case with the copy you purchased. Feels Good... and Seasons are, without a doubt, my two favorite albums by Bing in the 1970s!

Others of Note » Books on Vocal Jazz and Classic Pop by Will Friedwald » 12/3/2018 4:37 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Thanks, Graham! As I say on the video, Friedwald is my favorite vocal jazz and classic pop critic. The last two books I review on the video are absolutely essential for the depth of information, the knowledge, and the quality of the writing. I encourage you (and everyone else) to seek them out!

AGF

Announcements » BING magazine » 10/3/2018 8:57 pm

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I am looking forward to receiving the new issue, Malcolm! As always, it's a pleasure working with you!

AGF

Others of Note » Books on Vocal Jazz and Classic Pop by Will Friedwald » 10/3/2018 8:54 pm

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Dear all,

I've been wanting to upload this video to my YouTube channel for a long time, and I've finally gotten around to it this morning. It's a review of my five favorite books on vocal jazz and classic pop by the New York-based critic Will Friedwald, who in my opinion is the best writer on those subjects currently active. I thought the video would be interesting to Crosby fans because several of these books talk about Bing at length. In fact, I've reviewed the last one of them for the forthcoming issue of BING Magazine. Here's the video, in case you're interested:




Best,

AGF

General Discussion » CHRISTMAS 2017 » 23/12/2017 10:53 pm

Anton G.-F.
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It is always a pleasure to contribute to and read this forum. May it live to see a great many more Christmases!

And the happiest of holidays to all Bing fans worldwide!

Best wishes from the USA!

AGF

Artistic Legacy » Non Christmassy seasonal songs » 23/12/2017 10:52 pm

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All great selections, Richard! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png
 I would add. perhaps, "June in January" and "Button Up Your Overcoat." Those are two that come to mind and that Bing has sung...

And how about "Out in the Cold Again"?

AGF

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby as Christmas Singer: Conversation with Malcolm Macfarlane » 17/12/2017 10:18 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Richard,

According to that often unreliable but also valuable source that is Wikipedia, there are other versions with the verse. Here's the link:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Christmas_(song)#Original_verse 

The only one I've heard among the ones mentioned there is the one by Darlene Love.

AGF

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby as Christmas Singer: Conversation with Malcolm Macfarlane » 16/12/2017 2:32 am

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Malcolm,

Thanks for clarifying the identity of the very hip arranger behind "Jingle Bells" and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


AGF

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby as Christmas Singer: Conversation with Malcolm Macfarlane » 15/12/2017 2:38 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Ron,

Thanks for your very kind, thoughtful comments about the podcast Malcolm and I recently did.

Like you, I also wish Bing had done another Christmas album, because there are many great Christmas songs that he never recorded or that he only did live on radio. I basically agree with your view on I Wish You a Merry Christmas and A Time to Be Jolly, which are both very interesting albums. However, I still think the best place to get an introduction to Bing's holiday music are his classic Decca recordings, which we fortunately have all in one place -- that outstanding 2-CD set MCA put out some years ago. I believe those are the recordings that define the sound of Bing as a Christmas singer. The other two albums are good companion pieces and are fantastic in their own way.

Regarding the jazzy arrangements of "Jingle Bells" and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," I would assume Mr. Trotter gets the credit for the arrangements, because he was musical director for Bing in those years, but I am not sure about that. In any case, they are wonderful arrangements, and the fact that Buble has used the "Jingle Bells" one is proof of his good musical taste (or the taste of someone in his entourage, at least!).

Thanks again!

AGF

Artistic Legacy » PRESENTATION ABOUT BING & WHITE CHRISTMAS AT MARTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY » 15/12/2017 2:31 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Thanks for your kind words, Graham! I am glad you liked the presentation!

AGF

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby as Christmas Singer: Conversation with Malcolm Macfarlane » 12/12/2017 9:18 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Dear everyone,

A year ago, Malcolm and I recorded a podcast in which we talked about Bing Crosby as a jazz singer. Well, this year we've gotten together again thanks to the magic of the internet and have recorded a conversation about Bing as a Christmas singer.

If you're snowbound or there's a bus strike or something you may be interested in listening to it, so here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AKgONkLDgU 

Let us know what you think, and happy holidays everyone!

AGF

Artistic Legacy » PRESENTATION ABOUT BING & WHITE CHRISTMAS AT MARTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY » 11/12/2017 8:15 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Richard,

I am glad to hear you liked the presentation! I had a great time preparing it and hosting the movie showing. The turnout at the library on that cold evening was quite respectable, too!

Great idea for a future showing, by the way! Not a very well-known movie, which is always a plus! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


AGF

Artistic Legacy » PRESENTATION ABOUT BING & WHITE CHRISTMAS AT MARTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY » 11/12/2017 2:43 pm

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Dear all,

I am very glad to report that the free showing of White Christmas I hosted last Thursday at the C.E. Weldon Public Library, in Martin, TN, was a success. In fact, the library folks have asked me to host similar presentations in coming months, which I will happily do.

I videotaped my 14-minute presentation about Bing and that particular film, and I have made it available on my YouTube channel. In case anyone might be interested, here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5vwj-i3u94

Thanks, and happy holidays to all! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


AGF

Others of Note » Others Singing Bing » 08/12/2017 6:00 pm

Anton G.-F.
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For some reason, I've always liked the version of "Harbor Lights" that a young Elvis Presley recorded at Sun Records, in Memphis, in 1954-55.

Also, in my opinion, Sinatra's version of "Around the World" (from Come Fly with Me) is better than the bombastic one by Monro.

Oh, and Russ Columbo's readings of songs associated with Bing (recorded around the same time as Bing's versions) have always sounded really good to me!

Others of Note » Others Singing Bing » 05/12/2017 7:42 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Graham,

If I am not mistaken, the song "Boo Boo Boo" was written by the great songwriting team of Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow. The latter was also a creditable crooner and wrote a very interesting autobiography entitled Cocktails for Two, which was another one of his classic compositions.

AGF

Artistic Legacy » INTERVIEW ON WCMT RADIO ABOUT BING CROSBY » 05/12/2017 6:49 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Dear all,

Last Thursday I was interviewed by local radio personality Kevin Bartholomew for the show 30 Minutes on WCMT Radio, Martin, Tennessee, about Bing Crosby on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Bing's passing. You may find the whole interview here:




I briefly discussed Bing's life and career and his importance in world music and culture in the 20th century, and I also talked about the International Club Crosby. I had a little slip of the tongue though, which I hope everyone will be kind to overlook: when discussing the Kraft Music Hall radio show, I mentioned that its weekly audiences could be counted "in the tens of thousands," when of course, I meant "in the tens of MILLIONS."

Anyway, any excuse is good to talk about Bing and his important legacy, so I hope you enjoy the interview! Any comments about it will be appreciated! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


AGF

Others of Note » A Trip Down Memory Lane - Web Episode 1 » 22/11/2017 4:17 pm

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Excellent podcast, Mr. Lobosco! I hope there'll be many more to come! And I absolutely agree with you about Dick Haymes, one of the most underrated and unjustly forgotten among the crooners of the 1950s, Here's an article I wrote about him for one of my blogs several years ago, concentrating on his Capitol work:

http://vintagebandstand.blogspot.com/2010/06/introspective-years-dick-haymes-on.html

General Discussion » What non-Bing music have you been listening to recently? » 22/11/2017 4:13 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Since I have been writing a short piece about him for my blog, Jazz Flashes, I've been listening to the rather obscure '50s and '60s vocalist Frank D'Rone, particularly his 1960 Mercury album After the Ball. Very recommendable.

Besides Bing and Sinatra, I've been listening also to quite a bit of Dick Haymes, one of my favorite crooners from the period. And then, of course, plenty of jazz—Jackie McLean, Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Dorham, Chet Baker, Coleman Hawkins, and on and on...

Biography » Interviews with people who played a part in Bing's professional life » 21/11/2017 10:47 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Frans,

Thank you so much for sharing this link. I wasn't aware of the existence of this website, but it really is a treasure trove for those of us who are interested in the history of the golden age of American radio. I have been listening to the interview with Ken Carpenter from the 1970s, and it is fabulous. I was surprised to hear that he tries to dispel the myth that Bing wanted to tape his radio shows in order to have more time to hit the links. Mr. Carpenter says that the primary reason was that Bing thought taping the shows made for better sound quality for his voice!

Dank je!

AGF

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